1st citation - Benjamin J. Romano Apr. 4-Microsoft, looking...

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Benjamin J. Romano Apr. 4--Microsoft, looking to tap a new market and fend off competition from open-source software, is extending availability of a basic version of Windows XP on a new class of low-end hardware. The company announced Thursday that it will allow computer manufacturers to put Windows XP Home on so-called ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs) such as the Asus Eee PC until at least June 30, 2010. These machines, also called "Netbooks," just came on the market in the last quarter of 2007. They can cost as little as $300 and typically do not have enough memory to run even the most basic version of Windows Vista , the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. Windows XP will no longer be sold at retail after June 30, and most PC manufacturers will have to stop installing it on new machines at that time. Smaller, independent system builders have until Jan. 31, 2009. Those deadlines left manufacturers of ULPCs with scant operating-system options from Microsoft, opening the door to competitors. Bob O'Donnell, who tracks PC hardware trends for analyst firm IDC, said nearly all of the 430,000 units sold in 2007 were loaded with the open-source Linux operating system. That's troubling to Microsoft, which expects many ULPCs to be sold in emerging markets. Those markets represent the best opportunities for growth as mature markets in the U.S. and Western Europe max out.
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